A Building Committee has been meeting since August to begin the process of expanding onto the land purchased in the Gaining Ground campaign in 2015. The committee is composed of a wide range of expertise and interest in the ministry of ALA. Members of the committee include the following:
- Sarah Cunningham
- Chris Gannon
- James Mueller
- Peter Nimmer
- Christine Olson
- Jim Olson
- Rochelle Peltzer
- Eric Peterson
- Josh Wendt
- Kevin Wenzel
- Sarah Zembruski
- Michelle Meyer
- Dave Peter
- Adam Wiechmann
- Kurt Rosenbaum, Chairman
Driven by our significant increase in enrollment, the Board of Directors has designated as Phase I of our expansion the construction of a new classroom building and a second gym with related athletic components.
At this point, the Committee has accomplished the following:
- Contracted with a surveyor (Hess-Rountree) to complete topographical and ALTA surveys as well as to combine legally our new parcel of land with the rest of the campus to create a single entity in the eyes of Maricopa County
- Interviewed and contracted with a design firm (BWS/MOR Studios) to take us through the Master Planning portion of Phase I. Meetings with the architect will begin in earnest in January.
- Nearing the selection of an Owner’s Rep to guide us through the overall process
- Answered some basic questions about needs and uses that will inform the architectural design process
Concurrently with that process, a Capital Campaign Feasibility Study has been ongoing, led by BWF. Interviews with various stakeholders and an in-depth analysis of our communities have been done, and we are awaiting a report from BWF in the coming weeks.